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Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018. Although the novel has never stopped fascinating, intriguing and inspiring people, its bicentennial provides an excellent opportunity to delve into deeper conversations about some of the key issues it raises, such as the dangers of technology and the social responsibility of scientists. The January 12, 2018 issue of Science magazine does just that, featuring a collection of essays on the continued relevance of Frankenstein’s multi-layered – and sometimes misunderstood – message just at a time when technology is advancing at a dizzying speed. getAbstract believes scientists and non-scientists will enjoy the debates triggered by this classic novel, still so much more than a well-told horror story.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What kind of lessons scientists and philosophers have drawn from the novel Frankenstein and
  • How recent technological advances make its core message more relevant than ever.
 

About the Authors

Henk van den Belt is an assistant professor of philosophy at Wageningen University, Netherlands. 

 

Summary

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the protagonist brings to life a creature that ends up taking revenge on its creator for abandoning it.  

Scientist Victor Frankenstein builds a creature out of scavenged body parts. Horrified by his own creation, he abandons it, leaving the giant man-like creature to its own devices. The creature then takes revenge on its creator by hunting down and killing his loved ones.


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